Saturday, August 29, 2015

James Franco and Interior. Leather Bar; No "Labels" No Community; Ted Cruz's Father on Gays; Christian Group's Questionable TV Ads

James Franco and Interior. Leather Bar.

I can't say that I hated Interior. Leather Bar. We watched it on NetFlix last night. Well, most of it. Tony made me turn it off toward the end because he couldn't sit through "another minute of it."

I do think it's interesting, from a cultural point of view, when people who know very little about gay culture try to explain gay culture...in their own terms. What I basically got from the whole movie was an exaggerated version of gay culture that was often amusing...in a weekend Twitter sort of way. A few of the heteronormative actors seemed more interested in hanging on to James Franco's fame than examining the gay experience. In fact, I'm not sure how James Franco managed to keep a straight face, pardon the pun, while shooting certain scenes. I would have been rolling on the floor. In this sense, I think Franco is a genius. And he seems to know who's full of crap and who isn't. 

The thing I did like about it was the general message, a message that's more about liberating the mainstream from what they've been taught to fear about sex...or avoid. It's nothing to see violence of all kinds on TV and in films, however, don't dare show a penis, especially one that's erect. Keep sex censored at all times. At least I think that's what Franco was going for. If it was, I agree with that part.

You can see more about it here at imdb...

Filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews re-imagine the lost 40 minutes from "Cruising" as a starting point to a broader exploration of sexual and creative freedom.

No "Labels" No Community

I read this piece a while ago and remembered it for some reason. Probably because I'm always seeing people state they don't like labels. I think in most cases the people who say they don't like labels are coming from good places...it's innocent and they really do wish we lived in a world without labels...a perfect world. But there are two sides to the story and even if you don't totally agree, this article presents a few excellent points.

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit, I had no idea that we were no longer marginalized to the point that we no longer needed to be able to identify our community. That we were fully accepted by society at large as well as by the GGGG community. That it was time to relax and rest on our laurels, because our work here is done. It's not like the piece quotes a high-profile gay blogger who says that of course bisexuality isn't real because he posed as one too, to "ease the transition".

You can read the rest here. 

Ted Cruz's Father On Gays

I guess we shouldn't be surprised by this. Ted Cruz's father's stand on gays isn't that much different from Ted's.

“You’ve got to realize that that decision was not about homosexual marriage, that decision was a decision against religious liberty. What was the basis for their decision? It was the 14th Amendment. That means they’re calling homosexuality a civil right. Understand me well, if they’re calling homosexuality a civil right, that means that the next obvious step is a homosexual may come to your church and demand to be hired, whether as pastor or a janitor is immaterial, and if you say, ‘I’m sorry I cannot hire you because it violates my religious faith,’ you’re going to be slapped with a civil rights discrimination lawsuit.”

And there you are.

I can't promise you much in this world, but I can promise you one thing for certain: I will never, ever, demand to be hired in any capacity at your church. In fact, if you invite me to your church I'll be thinking up excuses not to go before we finish texting.

The rest is here.

Christian Group's Questionable TV Ads

This is happening in Australia, with right wing Christians, again.

A funny thing is happening during commercial breaks in Australia — subscribers to regional satellite TV are being inundated with antigay propaganda wrapped in a neat little package dubbed “family values.”

Actually, the package isn’t so neat. Viewers are subjected to some of the most awkward moments of broadcasting we can recall seeing — four ads depict the inner monologues of a traditional nuclear family, calling on them to go “back to the table” for family dinners.

You can read the rest of it here, where there are videos of the ads.  The article continues with statements like this:

James Dobson, has said: “Same-sex relationships undermine the future generation’s understanding of the fundamental principles of marriage, parenthood, and gender.”




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